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Warrington Couple Arrested in Connection with Lorry Deaths

Two people from Warrington have been arrested over the deaths of 39 people found in a lorry container in Essex.

A 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Warrington have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter

A 25-year-old man, the driver of the lorry, remains in custody.

China's foreign ministry says it's "working closely" with Essex Police to identify the 39 bodies found in a refrigerated lorry in the early hours of Wednesday

It's thought they were all Chinese nationals - but that hasn't yet been confirmed.

Essex Police released a statement this afternoon.

"We have carried out warrants in Cheshire as part of the investigation into 39 bodies being discovered in a lorry trailer in Grays.

"As a result, a 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Warrington have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter. 

"A 25-year-old man, the driver of the lorry, remains in custody on suspicion of murder. A warrant of further detention was granted yesterday, Thursday 24 October, by local magistrates.

"We would continue to ask journalists and those on social media not to speculate of the identities of anyone involved in this investigation. 

"Last night, Thursday 24 October, we began the movement of the victims from the Port of Tilbury to the chosen mortuary site at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

"This is all being done in close liaison with HM Coroner and we continue to work to ensure that the dignity of victims and respect for their loved ones are at the forefront of our investigation.

"The first post-mortem examinations will begin today, Friday 25 October."

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